The Philadelphia Eagles cut ties on Sunday with veteran linebacker Jamar Chaney in what some saw as a bit of a surprise move. It shouldn’t be. Chaney just did not fit in in a 3-4 scheme. He failed to stand out in any of the preseason games and missed tackles and assignments in coverage.
The fact that he was one of the cut downs in the group to whittle down to 75 shows what a fall from grace he has had. Chaney looked like a promising late round rookie that was one of the steals of the draft even making 16 tackles against the New York Giants in a start at middle linebacker in a crucial game during a stretch run leading to the playoffs.
At one point Chaney looked to be the heir apparent to Jeremiah Trotter at middle linebacker the way he was playing early in his career. Then he started to struggle getting off coverage and out in space. It didn’t help that as the Eagles changed coordinators they moved him around a ton having him at both the WILL and SAM positions covering the tight end. This seemed to be an ideal spot for him given his athletic ability, but he got eaten alive by tight ends when asked to cover them.
Chaney will now have a chance to catch on somewhere else. I still believe he can be a starting linebacker on the weak side in a 4-3 scheme, and he is young enough to turn his career around. It just wasn’t the right fit here, and the numbers game came into play with both recently acquired Emmanuel Acho and rookie Jake Knott emerging as solid backups in the preseason. It was time to pull the plug on the once promising Chaney.